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Seed Swap & Scion Exchange
Sunday, March 29, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
FREE, no registration required

For gardeners and orchardists, it's the most wonderful flea market in the world. Not only that – most of the best stuff is free! MOFGA, the Maine Tree Crop Alliance, and Fedco will once again host the Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange at MOFGA’s Common Ground Exhibition Hall in Unity. Please bring any seeds, scionwood or cuttings you have to share freely with others. In recent years we have given away scionwood from well over 200 fruit varieties. These contributions make the day a success. We'll supply labels, tape and markers, and we’ll be selling T-shirts, books, grafting supplies and rootstock. Admission is free. More details.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Does food security's future lie in organic seeds?
The Sacramento Bee - 3/26/2013.
By Matt Hickman - You'd be hard pressed to find another young visionary quite as passionate about the organic seed movement as Matthew Dillon of Seed Matters is.
GM insects in food, environment: European Ombudsman investigates conflicts-of-interest at EU regulator
GeneWatch - 3/26/2013.
GeneWatch UK today called for the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) to suspend the adoption of new rules for the release of genetically modified (GM) animals into the environment while European Ombudsman completes an investigation into the European regulator (1,2). The investigation follows a complaint by GeneWatch UK about conflicts-of-interest on the EFSA's Working Group on genetically modified (GM) insects, and EFSA's failure to consult on the risks of allowing GM insects to enter the food chain.
Walmart's Death Grip on Groceries Is Making Life Worse for Millions of People
Alternet - 3/26/2013.
By Stacy Mitchell - When Michelle Obama visited a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, a few weeks ago to praise the company's efforts to sell healthier food, she did not say why she chose a store in Springfield of all cities. But, in ways that Obama surely did not intend, it was a fitting choice. This Midwestern city provides a chilling look at where Walmart wants to take our food system.
Most streams, rivers in poor health for water life: EPA
Reuters - 3/26/2013.
By Ian Simpson - Fifty-five percent of U.S. river and stream lengths were in poor condition for aquatic life, largely under threat from runoff contaminated by fertilizers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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